Terry Collins says the Mets have three guys in camp that can play center field, he told reporters Friday in St. Lucie.
Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr. will all compete for the starting outfield, which will mostly be determined by who hits best in spring training, Sandy Alderson said on WFAN earlier this week.
“As we sit here today, Eric Young is the guy you want to see at the top of the lineup,” Collins said. “We know what happens when he gets on, we score runs.”
In the event Eric Young does not hit leadoff, Collins said last week that Chris Young or Ruben Tejada could end up in the top spot (New York Post, Feb. 10)…
In addition to fielding fly balls in the outfield, Eric Young worked on turning double plays and fielding grounders in the offseason (Daily News, Feb. 11). So, in an effort to get his bat in the lineup, Collins said he can see a scenario where Young could play some second base, while Daniel Murphy gets time at first base or fills in occasionally for David Wright at third.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In listening to Collins today and his talk with SNY, hearing Sandy on WFAN this week, and putting it all together with how this roster is constructed, the only thing we know is this: Granderson will play every day in left field. Otherwise, I think both Eric and Chris Young and Lagares will rotate in and out and around center field, right and second base, with Murphy getting more days off and a bit of time at corner infield. I just don’t think any spot will be set in stone. They may want to lock in to a lineup, but I just don’t see how it happens, unless they send Lagares to Triple-A, which would be a crime.